Kristen Whissel’s latest book, Spectacular Digital Effects: CGI and Contemporary Cinema, examines the relationship between narrative and spectacle in contemporary blockbuster cinema. Whissel is no stranger to this terrain. She has been deepening her theories of spectacular narrativity since she began publishing on the subject of early cinema and the American experience of technological modernity. Read the column and then download the free chapter of the book offered here for FQ readers.
Movie Violence in The Passion of the Christ, an interview with Aki Kaurismaki, and the New Verticality of Special Effects. Plus reviews of Cache, Wedding in Galilee, and The Cyclist
READ: a review of Cache